Hunstanton is situated on the western tip of the North Norfolk coast. It has spectacular sunsets as it is the only East coast resort that faces west looking across the Wash to Boston and Skegness.
There are two sides to Hunstanton; the main resort of Hunstanton is famed for its distinctive striped cliffs and fabulous beach which offers ideal conditions for playing in the sand, exploring rock pools and enjoying the sea. Only a mile further along the coast to Old Hunstanton, the quieter, more traditional face of the resort has more of a village feel with cottages built of Norfolk carstone. You can walk from one resort to the other, enjoying the views of the beach and sea, and taking in the exhilarating water sports action of windsurfing, kite surfing, kayaking and paddle boarding that has become popular in this area. You can follow The Wolf Trail, which explores the gardens and cliff top scenery to trace the story of St Edmund, Hunstanton’s most famous visitor and first patron saint of England. You can download the Wolf Trail at the bottom of the page.
The town also hosts a range of popular annual events including the Hunstanton & District Festival of Arts, Hunstanton Carnival, the Hunstanton Kite Festival and much more. Find out about all the events in Hunstanton from the friendly Tourist Information Centre at the top of the Green.
Visitors to Hunstanton can enjoy some stunning gardens and excellent floral displays. The town was winner of a Gold Award and overall winner in the Coastal Resort Category of Anglia in Bloom 2013.
Hunstanton provides an excellent base to explore the coast and countryside. For walkers the beautiful Norfolk Coast Path starts from Hunstanton and at nearby Holme-next-the-Sea you can also head inland through the heart of the idyllic West Norfolk countryside on the historic Peddars Way.
The special environment of West Norfolk provides some of the finest nature reserves in the country and Hunstanton provides the perfect touring base for outstanding opportunities for bird watching at both RSPB reserves at Titchwell and Snettisham.
Please download our map of Hunstanton or pick up a copy at the Tourist Information Centre.
|Mini map of Hunstanton||The Wolf Trail, explores the gardens and cliff top scenery to trace the story of St Edmund, Hunstanton’s most famous visitor and first patron saint of England|
Cliffs & Beach Information
Hunstanton is famous for its striped cliffs and is also known as Sunny Hunny.
The beach and cliffs face west which means they capture the sunshine and are the perfect spot for viewing some spectacular sunsets. The shallow beach runs for two miles along the coast to Brancaster and the tide can go out a mile, allowing rock pools to appear around the groynes.
The cliffs show an amazing slice of Britain's history over many million years. Here is the geology - White Chalk from the Upper Cretaceous era forms the top layer, followed by a layer of limestone, known as red chalk from the Lower Cretaceous period formed over a period of 15 million years and finally beneath is grey/green Carstone. As both the red and white chalk contains fossils the beach below is a magnet for keen fossil hunters. On top of the striped cliffs is Hunstanton North Promenade, which has lovely gardens and walks overlooking the sea.
Watersports are a popular pastime in West Norfolk. Hunstanton provides excellent conditions with its shallow sea and vast sand.
When bringing your own personal watercraft to Hunstanton please remember that all users must obtain a permit before they can launch. Permits can be applied for through the Oasis Sports and Leisure Centre. Powerboat owners can launch personal watercraft from the powerboat launch ramp in Hunstanton. Tel 01485 534227